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Friends remember murder victim as kind, loving mother

REGINA – The Regina man charged in the death of a 33-year-old woman this weekend made his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

Duran Redwood, 26, has been charged with second degree murder in the death of Celeste Yawney.

Outside of the provincial courthouse, friends described Yawney as a caring person and loving mother.

“It’s just awful. She’s got two little boys that don’t have a mom anymore,” said long-time friend Cristin Hepting. “None of us should be standing here today. This isn’t right.”

“If you needed anything, She was always there for everybody 100 per cent,” said friend Tina Trombley.

Trademark Homes posts on its Facebook page, “It is with sadness that we say goodbye to one of our team members, Celeste Yawney…. Celeste was a great team player, hard worker and a joy to get to know.”

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Friends say Yawney had also worked at a YWCA women’s shelter in Regina.

Yawney was found dead around 8:30 a.m. Sunday inside her house on Ingersoll Crescent. Later in the day, Redwood was arrested and charged.

READ MORE: Police investigating death of 33-year-old woman

“It was fairly early in that investigation that our investigators were able to say that they believed it to be a homicide case,” said Elizabeth Popowich, with the Regina Police Service.

Friends say Yawney and Redwood were in an on-again off-again romantic relationship.

The courtroom was packed for Redwood’s first court appearance. The man had to be coaxed into the prisoner’s box and was looking down most of the time during his brief appearance.

Many people in the courtroom were crying and the judge had to ask for silence. Redwood is back in court June 1.

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